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Upcoming events from Kate Daigle Counseling and mindfulness tips for nourishing self-love and overcoming destructive eating behaviors
Kate Daigle Counseling - Nourishing Wisdom for Eating Disorder Recovery


Kate Daigle, MA, NCC, LPC, Eating Disorders & Body Image Specialist

Kate Daigle, MA, NCC, LPC has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado Denver, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Kate has been specializing in the treatment of eating disorders since 2007 and utilizes a strengths-based approach where she empowers clients struggling with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, abuse and other issues to “write a new life story.”   Using mindfulness meditation, breath-work, and other techniques such as Accpetance and Commitment Therapy to heal the mind-body connection, Kate’s holistic approach has been proven to be especially effective for treating eating disorders.  Through personal healing experience in her own life, Kate is deeply empathetic and places emphasis on nurturing the mind, body and soul in therapy.

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The body is your temple.  Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.  ~B.K.S. Iyengar

Kate offers a complimentary consultation and can be contacted at 720-340-1443 or www.katedaiglecounseling.com

Sending You a Love Letter From Kate Daigle Counseling!

 

Happy Valentine's Day! St. Valentine reminds us that life should be filled with love - for our friends, for our partner, for our family, for our community, and, extra importantly, for ourselves!  Have you shown yourself love lately?  Sometimes I think the greatest gift we can offer each other and ourselves is to slow down, notice, and be grateful for the world around us.  Here are a few great tips for focusing on this reconnection and being present with yourself amidst a busy, chaotic world:
  • Before you get out of bed in the morning, look out your window.  Take three to seven full breaths.  Inhale the colors, shapes and textures around you.  Don't think about it -- just breathe it all in, even if it's just a patch of sky.  Notice how you feel.
  • As you walk to and from your car (or from building to building), feel your feet on the ground.  Imagine that your mind is in your feet -- feel them there completely.  Notice your weight as it shifts from heel to ball, foot to foot.  Any time you notice yourself thinking, just note to yourself "thinking" and return to feeling your feet on the ground.
  • Give yourself permission to mimic the weather with your mood.  If it's raining or snowing outside, let yourself be lazy on the couch or a little bit contemplative and melancholy, if that's how you're feeling.
  • Bring nature indoors.  Open the window.  Buy some houseplants.  Don't be afraid to talk to them (or to listen to what they have to say to you).  Keep a vase of flowers on your kitchen table.  Start an indoor herb garden.  Put a crystal on your desk or a small fountain in the corner of your living room.  Find ways to bring the colors and vibrancy of the natural world into your home.  (Adapted from The Way of the Happy Woman by Sara Avant Stover).

What Would it Be Like to Accept Your Emotions Instead of Fight Them? An ACT Approach to Mindful Recovery 

I don't know about you, but I've spent a lot of my life trying to change something.  When I was a teenager, the focal point of the thing I wanted to change was myself.  This dissatisfaction with myself, or parts of myself, spiraled into an exhaustive effort and cycle of "if only I looked like...if only I could do...THEN, I'd be happy".  Let me tell you how that ended up: in an eating disorder.  Only when I was able to accept myself, ALL of myself, and the range of emotions I experienced on a daily basis, was I able to stop destructive behaviors and lead a value-driven life.  I know that I am not unique in the way I was thinking; I believed that my emotions were the problem and that my thoughts were "bad" and that I needed to change all of it.  When I stopped struggling with all of those beliefs, I was free.  That didn't mean accepting the negative beliefs and talk I was saying to myself, but stopping the struggle with my emotions, as I learned that it is not the emotions themselves that create dis-stress or dis-orders, it is the struggle, or attempted control, over the emotions that is the problem.

Eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia, binge eating, compulsive over-exercising and other types of disordered eating behaviors as well as body image struggles can be borne out of a desire to find happiness and peace -- but somewhere that mission gets diverted into destructive behaviors that lead to suffering.  It seems that there is a call to find a way to "be with" our emotions in non-destructive ways.

I am currently getting trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, an empirically-based therapy that "makes no attempt to reduce symptoms, but gets symptom reduction as a by-product", writes one of its founders, Russell Harris.  This approach is rooted in values, forgiveness, mindfulness, acceptance, compassion, living in the present moment, and accessing a transcendent sense of self, a therapy that encourages us to accept what is without judgment, and to be find some peace in our struggle (while acknowledging that some type of suffering is part of the human experience).  ACT has been clinically proven to effectively treat eating disorders and other types of conditions such as OCD, anxiety, chronic pain, and stress, amongst many others. read more...


Cultivating a Peaceful Relationship with Food: An ACT & Experiential Workshop

Do you struggle with emotional eating?  Would you like to learn ways to create a more peaceful relationship with food?  In this experiential workshop using principles from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), you will learn how to contact your emotions and experience them instead of stuffing them down.  ACT is an evidence-based  approach with research backing its effectiveness in helping people who struggle with food and body image.  A structured lunch including mindful awareness of eating and emotions will provide an experiential component to the workshop.
Early Bird Rate ends, TOMORROW, 2/15!  ACT quickly to reserve your spot! 
Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
709 Clarkson St, Denver, 80218, 720-340-1443 or 720-209-7240
10am-2:30 pm; $65 early bird before 2/15, $80 2/15 and after. Sign up now! 720-340-1443


"Everyone Knows Someone"


"Everyone knows someone".  Eating disorders have touched each of our lives in some way.  Whether you have personally struggled with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, compulsive over-exercising, or some degree of disordered eating, or whether you have a loved one or acquaintance that has struggled, eating disorders are affecting millions of lives each year.  I hope to offer this message to anyone who has struggled: "you are not alone!!!".  One of the most challenging parts of the disorder (and of recovery) is feeling isolated, alone, having feelings of guilt and shame.  The first and hardest step is to reach out for help.  I have been there and I know how difficult this is. . .and I know that it is possible to feel a whole lot better.  If you or someone you know is struggling, please know that I am here to support you or your loved one.  I empathize deeply with this struggle and will be with you every step of the way.  Please email me or call at 720-340-1443 for a free consultation (family members or concerned friends also welcome to call!).  For additional (FREE) support, the Eating Disorder Foundation offers support groups and resources for a wide range of populations: www.eatingdisorderfoundation.org.  Healing is one step away.

New Offerings at Kate Daigle Counseling!
Kate Daigle, MA, LPC is now offering counseling to diverse populations who are struggling with eating disorders or body image issues.  Some of these populations include: men with EDs, pre-and post-partum women, women and men over age 50, multicultural populations, and the LGBT community, among others.  Find out more at Kate's website.

Blog Posts at KDC

 

2013 is opening up as a bright, fresh breath of air, full of possibilities!  How do you approach the New Year?  Are you one who makes resolutions to change something, start something or stop something?  Are you one to focus on deepening practices that you are already currently doing?  Whatever your approach, the underlying theme that I hear from clients (and from myself!) is: I want to be happy and healthy.  This is a very doable, energized mindset — but what if you are setting yourself up to fail?  The way that we approach this goal is critical to our end result.

The #1 New Year’s Resolution in America is to lose weight.  We have all been there.  I have been there.  I committed myself to working out every day for 30 minutes and had a “goal weight” that I wanted to reach by a “goal date”.  Then, when my stamina for getting up early to go work out wore down, I felt badly about myself. 

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Kate Daigle, MA, NCC, LPC offers individual, couples and group therapy to those struggling with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and other related issues.  She is expecially interested in supporting men, women in pre- or post-partum, or multicultural populations who are striving for recovery from body image struggles.
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